Martha Wilson Martha Wilson Solo Performance Compilation (1972 and 1974)

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Martha Wilson explores the effects of camera presence in this video compilation of her solo performances. She uses film as a political medium to record the temporal, visceral, and spacial dimensions of her subjectivity as a woman artist. As both filmmaker and performer, Wilson asserts political autonomy over her image and counters phallocentric notions of the female body. She reverses the male gaze by becoming a subject of her own desire, while challenging standards of beauty. Wilson’s subjective agency places her identity as a woman artist front and center, a radical position that challenged the aesthetic practices of male conceptual artists in the 1970s.

Martha Wilson is a pioneering gallery director and feminist artist who creates innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. Wilson founded Franklin Furnace in 1976, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion, and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works. She has been described by The New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.” Wilson has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.


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  • Título: Martha Wilson Solo Performance Compilation: "Premiere," "Routine Performance," "Art Sucks," "Appearance as Value," "Psychology of Camera Presence," "Cauterization," "Deformation"
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duração: 00:26:04
  • Idioma: English
  • Data da performance: 1972 and 1974
  • Lugar: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Credits: Conceived and performed by Martha Wilson.